University Centre Truro & Penwith

Take your learning to the next level by studying one of our local career-focused university level courses that put you first.

Life's what you make it and you can make it in Cornwall. Get the degree you want and the career too. Applications for September 2022 are open - it's still not too late to apply!

The University Centre Truro & Penwith offers over 30 local career-focused University level courses that span 11 different subject areas. Join 77% of degree level graduates achieving a 2:1 or first class honours degree (2019/20). You don’t have to leave Cornwall to get the career-focused education you need.

Home to stunning purpose-built buildings with extraordinary backdrops of coastline and countryside across Cornwall, Truro and Penwith College provides the perfect location for a quality University level education. The unique combination of smaller class sizes and well-qualified, highly motivated staff provides students with the platform to achieve their career goals.

Truro College is a blend of modern, spacious facilities combined with a community atmosphere, creating the perfect environment for study. Penwith College is a well-equipped and modern campus with the facilities to match its stunning coastal location and views of St Michael’s Mount. Tregye Campus sits in 13 acres of countryside, providing a unique setting for both indoor tranquility and outdoor exhilaration.

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Why study at Truro and Penwith College?

  1. Locality
    Situated in the heart of Truro, amongst the beautiful Cornish countryside and complemented by the stunning scenery in Penzance, our campuses boast an ideal location with purpose-built and industry-standard facilities.
  2. Flexibility
    We understand that life can be busy and with smaller class sizes, strategically condensed into a few days a week, students of all ages and backgrounds can fit life around lectures.
  3. Employability
    With a focus on employers needs, all graduating students will be prepared to enter the world of work, equipped with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
  4. Support
    We welcome students to a supportive and friendly learning environment, where 1-1 personal support and advice is just a step away. Dedicated academic support staff, Student Support Advisers and Careers Advisers are very helpful throughout your journey at the College.
  5. Excellence
    The College provides a high quality education with industry led teaching leading to great outcomes, which means that students get the very best learning experience, leading to the very best level of achievement. Student's overall satisfaction with their course was above benchmark for the last four years (NSS Survey). 

Our Courses

With much smaller class sizes that allow each student plenty of 1-1 personal support from the tutors and the opportunity to fit your life around your lectures, anyone can easily discover University Courses with Truro and Penwith College.

Our Courses are easily accessible to students of all ages and most only require a minimum of 24 UCAS Points to allow anyone the opportunity to progress their career at any stage in their life. 

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Studying in Cornwall

The South West Coast Path navigates around the entire Cornish coastline encompassing glorious, untouched beaches and remote fishing villages. Newquay is the true home of British surfing, Falmouth estuary is a sailor’s playground and Sennen is a rock-climber’s paradise.

Cornwall plays host to many events and festivals including Boardmasters, Eden Sessions and Cornwall Film Festival. World-class attractions such as the Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Minack Theatre, Tate St. Ives, Hall for Cornwall and Princess Pavilions provide year round events and entertainment to explore.


All of our University Courses are accredited by the University of Plymouth or Pearson to ensure that students receive an outstanding education. This means that students will be enrolled as University of Plymouth or Pearson students, giving them access to many more online services, use of additional libraries, electronic resources and learning support materials. The University of Plymouth students will also have the option to become a member of its Students’ Union (UPSU), allowing access to sports clubs, societies, the advice service, the NUS Extra student discount card, volunteering opportunities, student representation and University sports facilities.

How to Apply

You can apply for full-time courses through UCAS and part-time courses by contacting us directly.

Visit our page on How to apply for Higher Education for more detail and links to download Higher Education application forms.


Check out our Alumni Page to see how our former students are progressing in their careers.

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OfS Important Information and Downloads

For Office for Students documents, please click here